Human remains found in Jan. identified

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Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider announced Thursday that the human remains found Jan. 19 in a wooded area in Loudon County have been identified as a Knoxville woman missing since 2005.

Dental records confirmed the remains are that of Pamela K. Knight of Knoxville. She was 35 when she disappeared from her home on Bruhin Road in Knoxville on her youngest son’s birthday.

Three men scavenging scrap metal from wooded areas found Knight’s remains wrapped in a comforter underneath a collapsed outbuilding in a wooded area off Eblen Road in Loudon County. The rural area is in Northwest Loudon County near the Roane County line. Authorities at first thought they might have found one of two missing persons from Roane County, but quickly ruled them out.

Pamela Knight was last seen at approximately 4:15 a.m.  on Oct. 26, 2005. She was leaving her  Bruhin Road residence with her husband. Her son said he last saw their mom when she left for work with her husband. He later came back driving her green 1994 Jeep Cherokee and took them to school, but no one picked them up from school as Paul had promised their mother would. Her vehicle was later found abandoned on Dec. 29, 2005, on a Jacksonville, Florida beach.

Pamela left three sons, Michael, 12, Brandon, 16, and Phillip, 18.

Paul Anthony Knight had struck up a romance with her in an Internet chat room. At the time she disappeared, he had an outstanding aggravated assault charge in Georgia. Although he disappeared the same day, South Carolina authorities found him in 2006 when he led them on a chase, which ended in a crash. Police say they found property including credit cards stolen from different states. It took a fingerprint match for authorities to determine his identity because he gave them several names.

Paul Knight was convicted of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced him to 16 years in prison. The judge described Knight as  career criminal.

Paul A. Knight was listed as absconded on the Tennessee Criminal Offender Registry, Thursday.

Investigators from the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office and Knoxville Police Department are working jointly on the case.

Anyone who has any information regarding this case is asked to call Lt. Patrick Upton with the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office at (865)986-4823.

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Story by Dan Davis | d.davis@theknoxvillejournal.com

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